30 Jul Skechers Q2 Revenues Soar 36.3 Percent
Skechers USA, Inc. reported second quarter 2015 net sales were $800.5 million compared to $587.1 million for the second quarter of 2014, a gain of 36.3 percent. Net earnings rose 129.2 percent to $79.8 million, or $1.55 a share.
Gross profit for the second quarter of 2015 was $374.6 million, or 46.8 percent of net sales, compared to $269.4 million, or 45.9 percent of net sales, for the second quarter of last year. Earnings from operations for the second quarter of 2015 were $112.3 million, or 14.0 percent of net sales, compared to net earnings from operations of $53.8 million, or 9.2 percent of net sales, for the second quarter of 2014.
Net earnings in the second quarter of 2015 were $79.8 million compared to net earnings of $34.8 million for the second quarter of 2014. Diluted net earnings per share in the second quarter of 2015 were $1.55 based on 51.3 million weighted average shares outstanding, compared to diluted net earnings per share of $0.68 based on 50.9 million weighted average shares outstanding for the same period last year.
“The continued strong demand for our product worldwide led to record quarterly financial results for the second quarter—including net sales, earnings from operations and earnings per share. Our second quarter net sales of more than $800 million combined with record sales in the first quarter resulted in the company achieving $1.57 billion in sales for the first half of 2015,” said David Weinberg, COO and CFO. “Driving this growth were double-digit increases in our three main business channels. Domestic wholesale had an average price-per-pair increase of 9.0 percent, international wholesale, which includes 665 third-party-owned Skechers retail stores, and company-owned Skechers domestic and international retail stores had a total comp store sales increase of 12.9 percent for the quarter.”
Weinberg continued, “Furthermore, the second quarter benefited from both pent up demand resulting from U.S. port issues in the first quarter as well as a shift in back-to-school shipments due to increased demand in both domestic and international markets. Our international subsidiary business also remained strong with double-digit increases despite currency headwinds in several key markets.”
For the six months ended June 30, 2015, net sales were $1.57 billion compared to net sales of $1.13 billion in the first six months of 2014. Gross profit for the first six months of 2015 was $707.1 million, or 45.1 percent of net sales, compared to $509.8 million, or 45.0 percent of net sales, for the first six months of 2014. Earnings from operations for the first six months of 2015 were $200.5 million, or 12.8 percent of net sales, compared to earnings from operations of $101.9 million, or 9.0 percent of net sales, for the first six months of 2014.
Net earnings in the first six months of 2015 were $135.9 million compared to net earnings of $65.8 million in the same period last year. For the first six months of 2015, diluted net earnings per share were $2.65 based on 51.3 million weighted average common shares outstanding, compared to diluted net earnings per share of $1.29 based on 50.9 million weighted average common shares outstanding for the first six months of 2014.
Robert Greenberg, Skechers CEO said “Skechers is clearly in the midst of the most exciting time in the company’s 23-year history. The present has never looked as colorful, comfortable and successful thanks to our product and marketing, and resulting record sales, shipments and earnings. We just announced the signing of global pop singer Meghan Trainor, and together with Demi Lovato we are capturing the attention of 12 to 24-year-olds worldwide. During the second quarter, we announced that boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard joined our team of accomplished athletes and brand ambassadors, including Pete Rose and his #PeteintheHall campaign. Together, they and legendary musician Ringo Starr are speaking to Generation X and Baby Boomers with their humorous television commercials for Skechers Relaxed Fit footwear. Our numerous other impactful lifestyle campaigns along with our targeted marketing for Skechers Performance and Skechers Kids lines are resonating with our diverse consumer base. Our efforts in product and marketing also resulted in Skechers becoming the No. 2 athletic footwear brand and the No. 1 walking brand in the U.S.
Greenberg continued, “While domestic wholesale remains the largest piece of our business at 42 percent, the highest channel increase in the second quarter came from our international segment, which improved by 60 percent and now represents 30 percent of our total sales. With 1,126 Skechers retail stores worldwide, including the new markets of Czech Republic, Nigeria and Alaska, our global footprint is expanding steadily with additional Skechers stores already opened in the third quarter by our international distribution partners in Russia, Australia, Taiwan and Ireland, a joint venture store in India, and another six domestic and international company-owned stores. The demand for Skechers footwear in markets worldwide continues, and we are excited for several new product introductions coming later this year, including Star Wars from Skechers shoes for boys and men, along with some developments in our Skechers Performance and athletic lifestyle divisions. We believe that our accelerated growth trend will remain through 2015 and into 2016.”
Weinberg said “Our record first half of 2015 follows a record 2014 and is a result of the universal demand for our wide assortment of diverse footwear collections for men, women and kids. At no other time in the history of our company have so many product lines resonated with consumers, giving us a broad base to continue to build upon and grow. With increased year-over-year backlogs at the end of June, strong incoming order rates and July sales, as well as the positive sell-through reports from wholesale and an additional 125 to 135 company-owned and third-party-owned Skechers retail stores planned to open later this year, we believe that we will continue to achieve new sales and profit records through 2015. With $513.9 million in cash, inventories in line with sales, and improved efficiencies and capacity in both our North American and European distribution centers, we believe we are well prepared for our planned growth. We remain comfortable with the analysts’ current consensus estimates for the back half of 2015.”